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  • Pine cones' amazing botanical role evolved over millions of years

    Pine cones' amazing botanical role evolved over millions of years
    As you admire your holiday decorations, pause to examine a pine cone (or a spruce cone or a fir cone). What is this dry, brown thing in your hand, with its airy rows of scales? Think of it as something like an egg carton.
  • Christmas tree's iconic shape a nod to Germany's influence

     Christmas tree's iconic shape a nod to Germany's influence
    Oh, Christmas tree! What makes you a Christmas tree? You're a green triangle. That profile is iconic on holiday cards and a strict requirement in Christmas tree lots. But most evergreen trees don't have that triangular silhouette, says Tim White,...

    Lights, lights and more holiday lights

    Lights, lights and more holiday lights
    The holiday season is in full swing with these merry and bright offerings through Jan. 3. Santa House As an alternative to the mall/Santa experience, children and families can visit Jolly Old St. Nick at the Santa House through Dec. 22 on the...

    Mulch's value to plants extends beyond aesthetics

     Mulch's value to plants extends beyond aesthetics
    A tidy layer of mulch in the landscape creates an air of neatness and order. But that's not the best reason to go to the effort. Mulch — if properly applied — is a big help to trees, shrubs and perennials, according to Stephanie Adams,...

    Season of lights, lights and more lights: 'Illumination,' MSI and others

    Season of lights, lights and more lights:  'Illumination,' MSI and others
    These days, the main floor of the Museum of Science and Industry is a little bit like a Christmas tree lot, but without the smell of evergreens, the giant ball of twine or the sketchy dude in the Carhartt jacket. In a long-running holiday tradition, the...